Shanga Hankerson opened his first restaurante, Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles, in Atlanta in 1997. Over the next several years, he opened at least three more locations in Georgia y Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA.
Hankerson, 45, “willfully disregarded his tax obligations for many years,” Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine said in a news release. During his sentencing Wednesday, Hankerson, who pleaded guilty in July, was also ordered to serve a year of supervised release following his prison sentence and to pay more than $ 1 million in restitution.
He was the sole owner of the business and was required to withhold payroll taxes from his empleados‘ gross pay. From at least 2012 a 2016, Hankerson failed to remit more than $ 1 million in payroll taxes, los fiscales dijeron.
“While ownership of a well-known restaurant in our community has its perks, it also comes with great responsibility,” IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge James Dorsey said. “Paying taxes is a way to give back to the community, but unfortunately Hankerson chose to use those funds for other means.”
Knight won a legal battle to sever ties to the business in 2017, and her son was ordered to stop using her name, likeness and memorabilia, de acuerdo a The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.